kontact design

KDE 3.x Splash Screens

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My idea for a "Kontact" splash-screen design. I hope it is "professional" enough. Comments are welcome. : )
Last changelog:

15 years ago

v.0.2: Completely new icon-look. Used the "beauty"-globe insted of blue one, added pda and organizer, resized letter, removed text, changed Kontact-text.

Download button provides picture theming four colors (Blue, green, red and gray).

v.0.3: added .zip file for download

v.0.4: changed color saturation, reworked text.
[note: I tried the idea of having several colors in one splash-screen, but the result reminded me of a kid's playground. So I skipped that idea due to aesthetic reasons.]

v.0.5: Added 3rd screenshot, featuring a colored globe for discussion. So, should the globe be blue or gray/crystal? Comments please.

v.0.6: Changed globes in all design-versions from gray to crystal-blue, added a gold-splash. The zip-file now contains red, green, blue & gold.png. Grey-version.png (the most beautyful one, IMO) can be obtained via ->1st screenshot-link.

mahoutsukai

15 years ago

First of all I have to say that your splash is really awesome. But there's a tiny problem before we can consider using it in Kontact. The globe or more precisely the view of the globe. The problem is that some people might not like North America to be centered.

Would it be possible to create a few different views of the globe (centering on other parts of the world)? In Kontact we could then compose the splash from the background (probably colored according to the user's color scheme), the PIM gadgets and a randomly chosen view of the globe.

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Baldur_double

15 years ago

The grey and the blue one look so damn good.
How about making the other things cycling around the world icon?

And how about adding animations to it (as far as this is possible)?

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Emon

15 years ago

well... it is impossible to add animations, because this is a simple *.png splash screen for kontact. nothing more, nothing less. and even if it would be possible, it would eat up lots of memory without adding functionality to kontact. ; )

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Emon

15 years ago

Just as lovely as my desktop (which has the grey splash-screen).
I am glad that you like it (like some other guys, too). : )

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Khan

15 years ago

Oh, yeaaaaaaah...check out that stylish splash screen starting up on my desktop:
http://www.wislug.net/kontact.jpg

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shm

15 years ago

the *only* part of the design I would change would be the text. The current font looks professional, but somewhat out of place.

Instead of wide spacing between the letters, you might want to try a slightly larger font size.

Otherwise, very nice. :)

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Khan

15 years ago

The blue looks nice with the all grey background but, what about the other backgrounds? IMHO, this is still the best entry in the Kontact contest to date. Keep up the great work and thanks for posting the files. I couldn't replace the "default" fast enough! ;-)

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Panard

15 years ago

Hi,
I've modified your kontact splash screen, here is a sample : http://data.inzenet.org/artwork/splashs/kontact.png
(change png to xcf for the gimp version)

Thanks.

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Emon

15 years ago

Interesting idea, but I prefer my design. ; )

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scherfy

15 years ago

but the world needs a little bit more color .. a smooth blue & green color upgrade to the centered world ... would be nice. (The
world is gray enough ..)

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Emon

15 years ago

I am not sure if I should colorize the globe, as it would make it too dominant (imo), but I will add a 3rd screenshot soon, just for discussing it.

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shm

15 years ago

I think that the Kontact text shouldn't be squished..

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raditzman

15 years ago

but why in b/w ? Why not using all 4 colour in one splash, with each object having its own colour? I think it would be really attractive and fresh if you tried it.

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solspin

15 years ago

Good job!! Can't be too picky!! Looks much better than the default.

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Sudonix

15 years ago

My only complaint is about the pda - it has a very particular look, and I'm a non-user of it for many political and technical reasons... Maybe remove the buttons, etc to make it look more generic? (or maybe put a Zaurus instead :) though that raises the same problem the other way :)

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lbivens

15 years ago

It is indeed a great splash screen, alas I would suggest a small change in your work: Expand vertically the font you use.

Excellent work.
By the way, it looks wonderful combined with the Reinhardt icons/style.

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janet

15 years ago

Just what I am looking for! Looks really very good! When will there be a download version?

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Khan

15 years ago

IMHO, this is the quality splash screen that Kontact SHOULD be using instead of the goofy one that comes with it by default. Keep up the good work and hurry up and release this so I can change it here :-)

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scottythesmell

15 years ago

I like the gray subtleness of it, it would fit in very nicely with my desktop :) I like the fact that my system doesn't look like a kid has gone crazy with the crayons - not everything need be in primary colours. This splash feels grown up. I like it very much.

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paulcooke

15 years ago

and package it properly please... doing it your way sucks...

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nunopinheiro

15 years ago

one thing that i think is that it is very well made but it is a very mac look.
it is a fantastic splash for mac fan's.

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arcisz

15 years ago

Looks better but still like someone has died ;). Put some live in it.

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jbaileys

15 years ago

oh Emon!!!
All your work is usually exciting and well done. But this is very drab and uninspiring.
I'll be straightforward and tell you my initial thoughts:
1. The small blue world on the grey background didnt look good to me.
2. The envelope was too large.
3. The contest said the only wording they wanted on the splash screen was only 'Kontact' and nothing else because they wanted to minimalise translations...... Although, what you've got there was fine to me if its not being entered into the competition.

Anyhow, I know you can do better than this... I mean, I do use your wallpapers! :)

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Emon

15 years ago

Thanks for the comment. It was just a very rough sketch in order to see if the "basic" design-idea was okay. The globe used here is a small globus in my office that I photographed. So nothing more than a sketch that need lots of improvement. : )
Btw.: The more I look at it, the more it reminds me of a simple mailing program and not Kontact. *g*
Okay, I am off for working on it.

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jpcohen

15 years ago

I like the concept but it is still a bit empty thoug. Quick question: could you provide the little earth you use. I think it is the same as in Beauty as a name wallpaper. Thanks in advance.

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15 years ago

v.0.2: Completely new icon-look. Used the "beauty"-globe insted of blue one, added pda and organizer, resized letter, removed text, changed Kontact-text.

Download button provides picture theming four colors (Blue, green, red and gray).

v.0.3: added .zip file for download

v.0.4: changed color saturation, reworked text.
[note: I tried the idea of having several colors in one splash-screen, but the result reminded me of a kid's playground. So I skipped that idea due to aesthetic reasons.]

v.0.5: Added 3rd screenshot, featuring a colored globe for discussion. So, should the globe be blue or gray/crystal? Comments please.

v.0.6: Changed globes in all design-versions from gray to crystal-blue, added a gold-splash. The zip-file now contains red, green, blue & gold.png. Grey-version.png (the most beautyful one, IMO) can be obtained via ->1st screenshot-link.

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